William Sweetland Dallas FLS (1824–1890) was a British zoologist and curator. He curated collections at the British Museum and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and was editor of the Popular Science Review
He was appointed Keeper of the Yorkshire Museum in 1858, at the age of 31 and already married with four children at the time. Dallas was an editor and translator for the Zoological Record, the Annals and Magazine of Natural History and the Popular Science Review. In 1868 he was elected to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society, resulting in his resignation from the role of Keeper.
Notably, he translated Facts and Arguments for Darwin by German biologist Fritz Müller into English. He also translated Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold's Wahre Parthenogenesis bei Schmetterlingen und Bienen (1856) into English as On a true parthenogenesis in moths and bees and created the index for Charles Darwin's The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
- Pyrah, B. (1988). "Palaeontological Wealth (1857-1892)". The History of the Yorkshire Museum and its Geological Collections. North Yorkshire County Council. pp. 81–103.
- Browne 2002, p. 260
- "Letter 2017 — Darwin, C. R. to Huxley, T. H., 9 Dec (1856)". Darwin Correspondence Project.
- Browne, E. Janet (2002). Charles Darwin: vol. 2 The Power of Place. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-7126-6837-3.
- West Norwood Cemetery Dickens Connection, Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, 1995
- Works written by or about William Dallas at Wikisource
- Biography on Darwin Correspondence Project
- Works by William Dallas at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about William Dallas at Internet Archive
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